Wednesday Meeting

Wednesday meetings start at 7pm for 7.30 and finish at 9.30. The first wednesday of the Month is competition night - bring something along to show on the open competition table!
New members or prospective members are always very welcome to come along and meet us at no cost :-)

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As you may have noticed a number of things including work and a lack of my getting around to turning anything  for many months have all led to me not getting to meetings and demos since April. I was struggling to get around to updating the website then, to make life more interesting, my laptop started playing up to the point of not being useable. The programme I was using for the website along with the files and, most important, the set up log-in details were all on the dead computer. 
I have managed to dig out the log-in details and they appear to work. I have a different computer with a different programme which I'm struggling to get to grips with so - for now, I have made a home page with the programm for next year and some basic details.
West Northants Woodturners

Welcome to the home page of West Northants Woodturners, a Northamptonshire woodturning club offering demonstrations, tuition and support to wood turners from Northampton, Weedon and the surrounding areas.

In 2017 the AWGB are celebrating their 30th Anniversary. To commemorate this we are holding a competition to be judged at Woodworks@Daventry on Friday 12th May. As regular attendees at woodworks you are invited to take part. What we are asking for is a model steam traction engine primarily of turned items and an overall length of 14" (350mm) to 16" (400mm). Free Plans can be found for a traction engine on the internet. This would be an ideal project for your members to undertake and we hope you will take part.
We will also invite other affiliated clubs of the AWGB in the midland region to take part in this competition. We will invite the chairman of the AWGB to judge this competition.
My Regards, Peter Carless, Secretary Tudor Rose Woodturners

Peter has sent me a rather comprehensive set of drawings which might help someone to make their traction engine very true to life. Let me know if you would like them and I will forward the pdf file or else print them out for you. Ian

m Knight provided us with an entertaining and inforative evening showing us how to make his version of traditional Hogscraper Candlesticks. In a break with tradition his version is made of oak instead of metal. He demonstrated his simple but effective router jig for cutting the all-important slot up the side (picture below) and we watched as he went through the whole process of making and assembling all five parts. It was a novel and well executed piece made out of scraps of wood so pretty cheap to have a go at. Many thanks to Tom for an interesting evening which I think everyone enjoyed.

Programme 2017/2018 

15th November - Richard Wright
6th December - Gregory Moreton and December Competition
20th December - Christmas Meeting

3rd January - Allen Atkins
17th January - Paul Jones
7th February - Marcus Buck
21st February - Hands-On Evening
7th March - Mick Denton
21st March - Paul Hannaby
4th April - AGM
18th April - Gerald Hubbard
2nd May - The Three Turners
16th May - Colin Smith
6th June - Gary Rance
20th June - Clem Ansell
4th July - Adam Stevens
18th July - Mick Hanbury
1st August - Gregory Moreton
15th August - Geoff Warr
5th September - Gerry Marlow
19th September - Mick Denton
3rd October - Richard Wright
17th October - The Three Turners
7th November - Ian George
21st November - Bob Walder
5th December - To be announced
19th December - Hands-on Session

West Northants Woodturners has about 70 members of varying skill levels from absolute beginners up. We meet regularly on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7.00pm to 9.30pm in Weedon Village Hall The hall is large and light, was extensively refurbished in 2010 and has a large car park 

We have audio visual equipment obtained from a generous Lottery Grant which enables us to project panoramic and close up views of the demonstration on to a large screen.

There is a 10 annual membership fee supplemented by a 4 charge for attendance at meetings and an optional raffle at 1 a ticket. There is no charge for initial attendance.

The usual meeting format is for a guest turner, or one of our members, to demonstrate their skills whilst entertaining and informing the audience. Some "Hands On" meetings are arranged where members are able to take part using one of the club's nine lathes to gain practical experience. Meetings also include a drinks and biscuits break and on the first Wednesday of the month we have an open competition where members can show their recent work and compete for the Turner of the Year prize.
We run a shop which carries a varied stock of useful woodworking accessories. Wood from local sources is available from time to time. There is also a library with a good selection of books for the use of members at a nominal charge of 1 a fortnight.

The Club is fully insured.